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EMS World Expo 2021

From Oct 4th to 8th in Atlanta, Georgia, the EMS World expo gathered 4,000 people. Canadian Paramedicine was there to check the latest in prehospital care and new products in the market. The EMS World expo offered the trade show, masterclasses, and conferences from experts in EMS; attendees also enjoyed visiting the Trauma Centre and riding along with the local EMS agency. The sim lab offered experiences like the dissection of a heart and a cadaver lab to practice skills … Read More

Take Charge of Your Mind Wellness

This article is a special post by F.R.Y. and does not necessarily represent Canadian Paramedicine’s, or its affiliates, opinion. References in this article are for informational purposes only and you should consult with your local health guidelines and protocols before applying any of the information in it. Studies(1) show that First Responders experience 5x musculoskeletal disorders than general workers, suffer from sleep disorders due to shift work, experience anxiety and inability to relax or “let go”, and 30% develop depression … Read More

Burnout and PTSD

INTRODUCTION Paramedics often experience some of the worst calls and scenes that life can throw at anyone, from grizzly animal attacks to horrendous motor vehicle accidents to burns and abuse in pediatric patients. They are often the first on scene and must manage their psychological stimulation and the patients, family members, friends, and witnesses’. It certainly never is a textbook situation in the life of a First Responder. Paramedics can often develop Burnout Syndrome during their career because of the … Read More

Paramedic Wellbeing Series – You are what you think

Introduction Spoiler alert – Paramedics experience higher levels of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and mental fatigue when compared to the general public, and other emergency services. It is widely known that paramedics experience high rates of mental health illness and emotional distress. However, there is limited understanding of how the environment in which paramedics work contributes to this problem. Psychological harm experienced by paramedics takes its toll on individuals in varying capacities and it is not our intention … Read More

I Never Saw It Coming

In 2019 I had a very unexpected and unwanted visit from P.T.S.D. I say unexpected because I did not realize at the time what was happening. There I was making my way through day-to-day life the same as we all do until suddenly, I wasn’t. I was at a dead stop. I couldn’t focus. I wasn’t functioning. I wasn’t living. I was just … still. As a hobby writer I tend to write many thoughts and stories down anyways and … Read More

Paramedic Wellbeing series Part 1: You are what you eat

You Are What You Eat There are a range of health factors that impact paramedics across their career with paramedic wellbeing can be linked to mental, emotional and physical health. The Paramedic Wellbeing series will contain some simple strategies to enhance eating, sleeping, mindset and exercise to assist paramedics not just survive but to hopefully thrive. Introduction Paramedics work long and often extended shifts that can involve unpredictable meal opportunities. This type of shift work influences the obtainability of food, … Read More

New Study Will Examine Covid-19 Impact On Paramedics In Bc And Ontario

Submitted by BCEHS and the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences With more than 30 years on the job, BC paramedic specialist Brian Twaites has seen just about everything. He’s worked through the HIV/AIDS crisis, SARS, and the ongoing opioid crisis. But 11 months ago, just as COVID-19 was ramping up, he remembers one night specifically that marked a turning point for him: “The streets were getting empty, every call we went to there was now this extra step … Read More

PTSD and Me: A Short Story

It hit me like a tonne of bricks. Me? It’s not possible. I’m not in that bad of shape! Or am I? A wild range of emotions went surging through my body when the person sitting across from me told me that after all my testing was completed, I had a confirmed diagnosis of P.T.S.D. Initially, all I could do was stare. I had no words. Silence. To ease the moment, I stood and walked to the back of the … Read More

Development of a Reporting Process for Violence Against Paramedics

By Justin Mausz[1],2,3, ACP, PhD(c); Mandy Johnston1, ACP; and Elizabeth Donnelly3, NREMT, LICSW, PhD [1] Peel Regional Paramedic Services, Brampton, Ontario; 2 McMaster University, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, Hamilton, Ontario; 3 The University of Windsor, School of Social Work, Windsor, Ontario, Canada Background Violence against paramedics is increasingly recognized as an important threat to workplace health and safety (1, 2). Cross-sectional research from around the world indicates that a concerning majority of paramedics have experienced some … Read More

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